Cape Town - England World Cup-winner Jason Roy has opened up on some of the key attributes that have helped the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants flourish in
the 2019 Mzansi Super League (MSL) season so far, saying there was still room
for improvement as they prepared to welcome the Paarl Rocks to Port Elizabeth
The clash at St George's Park brings together the two top
teams in MSL 2.0, with the hosts currently leading the way with 19 points from
They are four points ahead of the visitors, who are also
making some good headway this term after reaching the play-offs in 2018.
Roy says that even though the Eastern Cape franchise are
top, there is still room for improvement.
"We’re keeping it quite relaxed," he
"There’s a good chemistry going, the boys are getting on well and we’re
training extremely hard.
"The boys are up for it at every training session. We
haven’t got complacent either.
"We had a discussion ahead of the last game and the guys
were saying that we’re probably up to around seventy-five to eighty percent.
"We haven’t quite got that perfect performance just yet, so
I’m excited to see what that perfect performance entails. There’s stuff to
improve on, but winning’s winning."
The Giants are still unbeaten this year, winning four out of
five games, and Roy hinted what has been their secret to success.
resilient and we don’t panic," he said.
"We have had a bit of luck as well, but
we’re not going to get complacent, and hope to continue this form into the next
Roy himself – a winner with England at the 50-over World Cup
on home soil in July – has not been in great form. He recorded scores of
nought, 31 and one, before finally coming good with his maiden half-century for
the Giants in their five-wicket win over Durban Heat in the last game.
The 29-year-old believes he is slowly settling into the
competition and looking forward to some strong displays at the business end of
"It’s never easy coming in as an overseas pro," he adds.
"There’s always expectation and people want you to come in an get going from
the outset, they’re saying 'he’s the overseas pro and he’s an international
player so he must score runs every game'. It’s not like that.
"I’ll be the first to put my hand up and admit that I’ve
succumbed to that pressure in the first few games.
"But now I’m feeling a little bit better and my last
innings, hopefully it’s the start of something."
His team have also been bolstered by the announcement that
Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has been approved as a replacement for
Farhaan Behardien for the remainder of the competition.
The Rocks too have a new face within their ranks after they
named Ruan de Swardt as a replacement for JP Duminy.
Veteran opener Henry Davids is expecting a closely-fought
battle against the log log-leaders in PE.
"All the teams are quite strong, it
ultimately boils down to on the day how you execute, who does things better and
who wants it more," he concluded.
"I think most teams are fairly balanced and
"It will be the team that does their disciplines best who
will come out on top."
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants squad:
Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts (captain), Junior Dala, Matthew Breetzke,
Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Beuran Hendricks, Grant
Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Ryan ten Doeschate, Nandre Burger, Dylan Matthews.
Paarl Rocks squad:
Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle
Verreynne, Bjorn Fortuin, James Vince, Dwaine Pretorius, Cameron Delport, Isuru
Udana, Tabraiz Shamsi, Hardus Viljoen, Sibonelo Makhanya, Henry Davids, Ruan de
Swardt, Mangaliso Mosehle, Ferisco Adams, Kerwin Mungroo, Thando Ntini.
- Cricket SA